66 Unread Books to Go

Is it time to admit I have a problem? It may be time to admit I have a problem. I’ve struggled a lot with reading over the past 18 months of pandemic life (that’s a post for another day). But I have not slowed down on my book buying. No, on the contrary, I am trying to support all the bookstores I can, and more books than ever seem to find their way to me.

My current count of unread, owned books is 66. Two more will be arriving soon and then I really will be out of shelf space. I’ve got novels. I’ve got non-fiction. I’ve got at least four books related to Jane Austen culture in some way. There’s War and Peace AND Moby-Dick (help!). Mysteries, literary fiction, young adult, and more. Books I’ve had, without reading, for actual decades — the oldest a gift from a favourite high school teacher. Some have stuck around from the last time I attempted something like this.

I don’t want to die under a pile of books, so this begins my attempt to read all of these books, or as many as I can.

Here’s the full list in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Selected Letters by Jane Austen

The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

Mr. Darcy’s Guide to Courtship by Emily Brand

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

The Body by Bill Bryson

Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World by Kathy Chamberlain

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Mariana by Monica Dickens

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane

The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders

The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser

The Body Under the Piano (Aggie Morton Mysteries) by Marthe Jocelyn

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Mrs. England by Stacey Halls

Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy

Beowulf by Maria Dahvana Headley

Mutiny on the Globe by Thomas Farel Heffernan

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel

White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson

Jane Was Here by Nicole Jacobsen and Devynn MacLennan

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea

Word Origins by Anatoly Liberman

Bizarre Scotland by David Long

The Once and Future World by J.B. MacKinnon

Alchemy and Rose by Sarah Maine

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

What Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

There There by Tommy Orange

The Portable Dorothy Parker by… Dorothy Parker

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Set Me on Fire: A Poem for Every Feeling, edited by Ella Risbridger

The Barren Grounds by David Alexander Robertson

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Miss Buncle’s Book by DE Stevenson

The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret Sullivan

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (on being halfway through, on being finished)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician by John Worthen

Published by Kathleen

Children's book editor, writer, over-thinker. Sometimes a bookseller.

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